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SNU's School for Children - a Child Development Laboratory School - Grade Divisions

Reading and Language Arts

We believe that children learn to read by reading. Therefore, students are provided opportunities to read independently from a variety of genres: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, biography, historical fiction, and poetry. Emphasis is placed on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension to develope good reading skills. The teachers help the students learn to read for a purpose, engage in literature discussions, and discover how words work through word studies and writing experiences.

Writing skills are developed through instruction in the writing process: pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and publish. Students explore narrative, expository, explanatory, and persuasive writings as well as reports, stories, and poetry. Grammar is incorporated into meaningful instruction as students learn to read and write for a purpose. 

Components of Reading and Language Arts

  • Large and small group  instruction
  • Individualized reading  levels
  • Phonics  skills
  • Reading  intervention
  • Peer  reading
  • Silent reading  practice
  • Comprehension  activities
  • Oral  reading
  • Tutoring  program
  • Vocabulary  development
  • Reading activities with  University students
  • Accelerated Reader  program
  • Oral book  reports
  • Library book  checkout
  • Spelling  instruction
  • Weekly spelling  tests
  • Dictionary  skills
  • Research  skills
  • Creative story  writing
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar  skills
  • Writing book  reports
  • Daily language  review
  • Daily paragraph  editing
  • Proofreading  skills


The Upper Primary math program focuses on developmentally appropriate lessons with hands on activities to help children develop a conceptual understanding of numbers and solving problems. Students are expected to become fluent in the basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), be proficient with computation strategies, and solve math problems mentally as well as with paper and pencil.

Components of Math

  • Math Minutes daily  review
  • Memorization of basic  facts
  • Hands on exploration of new  skills
  • Large and small group  instruction
  • Graphing
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Problem  solving
  • Higher level thinking  skills

Science/Social Studies

Students in Upper Primary are encouraged to learn about the world they live in through inquiry-oriented learning experiences. They learn to use the scientific method during hands on activities that help them developp life long learning skills. The c urriculum includes the study of physical, life, space, and earth science.

The Upper Primary social studies curriculum is a framework of history, geography, economics, government, and citizenship. Students study the world they live in, past and present, in order to become the best citizen they can be.

Upper Primary students also have the opportunity to participate in music, p.e., computer/keyboard instruction, and art activities.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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